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5ccccc 02-20-2012 08:34 PM

Impingement Syndrome?
After many internet searches and speaking to a couple of sports trainers, I have what Ibelieve to be Impingement Syndrome. Anyone out there with impingement syndrome with any tips or advice? Mine started in the right shoulder and then after a few months it is in both shoulders. It goes from bad to worse. I have a a good range of motion but it is very painful when I lift my arms ove rmy head, when I shoot a basketball, or throw a football. Also, can't sleep on my side due to discomfort. I am 40 y/o and diabetic. I have also read a few articles on line that suggest that this condition could be related to circulation problems, which could be a result ofbeing diabetic for 20 years. Thoughts????

MountainReader 02-22-2012 10:06 PM

Re: Impingement Syndrome?
I developed Shoulder impingement syndrome in 2008. Basically, I ended up with bursitis and tendonitis. When the impingement happens things in the shoulder stay inflammed and swollen. I tried a couple months of treatment with a PT which really didn't help. I finally saw a shoulder orthopedic specialist. He gave me a cortizone shot that really helped for a while. It was really diagnostic though. Eventually I lost a bunch of range of motion and decided to have surgery in April 2008. It is called arthroscopic subacromial decompression. They "cleaned up" the debris in my shoulder and shaved down a bit of bone under the clavical. Within months, my ROM returned and I was back to "normal".

You can try some PT, but I recommend seeing a shoulder specialist before it gets too bad. Left untreated, it can lead to rotator cuff tears due to the constant irritation.

Good luck,

Misty800 02-26-2012 02:07 PM

Re: Impingement Syndrome?
Do not let the impingement go too long before getting it fixed. The longer you wait the more damage will be done and a longer recovery.

You may also have bone spurs in the shoulder, if so, they will continue chewing up the area until it looks like shag carpet. I allowed this to happen with my left shoulder and it took a year to get well. Had the right shoulder sooner and it has recovered in 6 months.

Karatemom40 04-20-2012 07:25 AM

Re: Impingement Syndrome?
I had impingement that went on for 9 months before I had decompression surgery. It was from overuse in karate/martial arts. I had 4 cortisone shots before surgery and tried PT. Nothing worked. I have had no issues since the surgery, but I do not do karate anymore either. The surgery wasn't too bad and I'm glad I finally opted to have it done. I looked like a T-Rex for months before surgery because I had no ROM in my shoulder.

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